Lowell General Hospital announced this week that WomanHealth at Circle Health Westford has reached Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model according to HIMSS Analytics.
Established in 2012, the EMR Adoption Model was built as a way to evaluate progress and impact of medical record systems in ambulatory facilities.
Stages range from 0 to 7, with State 6 facilities having “significant” advantages over competitors in several areas as well as extensive investments around information technology according to the official guidelines.
“The integration of our ambulatory practices was a key milestone in our journey towards delivering on our promise of Complete connected care,” said Brian Sandager, Chief Information Officer of Circle Health. “Achieving HIMSS Level 6 at five of our ambulatory clinics is a great indication that we are on the path to delivering on that promise.”
Lowell General’s facility in Westford was accompanied by Lowell General’s facilities in Chelmsford as well as its cancer center and urgent care unit, both of which are in Lowell.
Only 17.9 percent of the over 5,000 medical facilities on the HIMSS list were listed as Stage 6 facilities as of Q4 of 2014.
Currently, there are 27 hospitals in Massachusetts with Stage 6 designation and five ambulatory centers, all five run by Lowell General’s Circle Health.
The only hospital at Stage 7 in Massachusetts is Children’s Hospital in Boston, there are currently no Stage 7 ambulatory centers in the state.
A full list is available at the HIMSS website.